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Toxic parts

Large quantities of the leaves are said to be hallucinogenic. Blanching the leaves removes this hallucinatory component[1]. (This report does not make clear what it means by blanching, it could be excluding light from the growing shoots or immersing in boiling water[K].)

Edible uses


Leaves and young shoots - cooked[2][3][4][5][6]. They must be consumed when very young or else they become fibrous[K]. One report says that eating these leaves appears to stimulate or intoxicate to some extent[2].

Flowers and flower buds - raw or cooked[2][3][4][5]. Considered to be a great delicacy[7]. The flowers are a traditional food in China where they are steamed and then dried[8]. The flowers can be dried and used as a relish or a thickener in soups etc[9][6]. The flower buds contain about 43mg vitamin C per 100g, 983 IU vitamin A and 3.1% protein[1].

Root - raw or cooked[6][1]. A radish-like flavour but not so sharp[1].



Material uses

The tough dried foliage is plaited into cord and used for making footwear[1].

Unknown part

Medicinal uses(Warning!)

Anodyne, antidote, diuretic, febrifuge[9].

The juice of the roots is an effective antidote in cases of arsenic poisoning[1]. The root also has a folk history of use in the treatment of cancer - extracts from the roots have shown antitumour activity[10].

A tea made from the boiled roots is used as a diuretic[1].


Ecosystem niche/layer

Ecological Functions

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Seed - sow in the middle of spring in a greenhouse. Germination is usually fairly rapid and good. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle. Grow the plants on for their first winter in a greenhouse and plant out in late spring[K]. Division in spring or after flowering in late summer or autumn[11]. Division is very quick and easy, succeeding at almost any time of the year[K]. Larger clumps can be replanted direct into their permanent positions, though it is best to pot up smaller clumps and grow them on in a cold frame until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the spring.

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Succeeds in most soils[12], including dry ones, preferring a rich moist soil and a sunny position[13] but tolerating partial shade[14]. Plants flower less freely in a shady position though the flowers can last longer in such a position[1]. Grows well in heavy clay soils. Succeeds in short grass if the soil is moist[12]. Prefers a pH between 6 and 7[11].

A very cold-hardy plant, tolerating temperatures down to about -25°c[15]. Hybridizes freely with other members of this genus[11]. A very ornamental plant, its roots are slender and not tuberous, whilst the rhizomes are not spreading[15]. The roots sometimes have bulbous swellings at their tips[1]. The flowers open in the evening and live for about 2 days[1]. The flowers have a powerful scent of honeysuckle[16]. Plants take a year or two to become established after being moved[11]. Plants seem to be immune to the predations of rabbits[17].

The plants are very susceptible to slug and snail damage, the young growth in spring is especially at risk[11].


Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

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Polycultures & Guilds

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Full Data

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Binomial name
Hemerocallis minor
Imported References
Medicinal uses
Material uses & Functions
Edible uses
None listed.
Material uses
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Medicinal uses
None listed.
Functions & Nature
Provides forage for
Provides shelter for
Hardiness Zone
Heat Zone
full sun
light shade
Soil PH
Soil Texture
Soil Water Retention
Environmental Tolerances
    Native Climate Zones
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    Adapted Climate Zones
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    Native Geographical Range
    None listed.
    Native Environment
    None listed.
    Ecosystem Niche
    None listed.
    Root Zone Tendancy
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    Deciduous or Evergreen
    Herbaceous or Woody
    Life Cycle
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    Flower Colour
    Flower Type

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